Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, Ray Baker
On a Sunday afternoon while sitting down to lunch after church, the sheriff is called on because of a young black man is drunk firing a gun. The sheriff is accidentally shot and killed. His wife, Edna Spalding is alone, widowed and having to raise their two young children alone. A passing by black man named Moze starts helping her around the farm. The bank manager set her up a broader , Mr. Will, a man whom lost his sight during the first world war. Edna has to keep her home and family together, so she decides to learn how to plant cotton to raise the necessary money to pay the bills.
This movie gives an insight to how life was in the South and Midwest during the 30's. Life was rough and hard, but you had a family and a community that would come together to help however they could. Racism ran wild and was very common. People did not trust outsiders that much, but they were friendly with them to a point. The look of the movie was spot on. No one looked great and flawless. The character looked as if they lived on farms. Their shoes were not that clean with a lot of dirt road. The movie seemed gritty and hot, like you could almost feel the dirt in your mouth.
The cast was absolutely incredible. Sally Field won the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actress in a Lead Role. It was one of her best performances in a movie. This was John Malkovich first feature film. He showed us what he had in store for us. His character starts out cold and harsh, but he starts to care for the family. Danny Glover was not that well known, but his portrayal of this role was rememberable. The rest of the cast helped seal the rest of the movie.
This is a brilliant movie. It has it all. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched this movie. It is one of my favorite movies. If you have not seen it or have even heard of it, you should find a way to watch it. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy.
Places in the Heart (1984) Trailer